- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Robert Lewis Dear, the suspect charged in the Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood shootings, blurted out in court on Wednesday “I’m guilty. There’s no trial. I’m a warrior for the babies.”

Police say Mr. Dear, 57, killed three people and wounded nine others at the Planned Parenthood clinic on Nov. 27, before he finally surrendered after a 5-hour-long siege. He is facing first-degree murder charges.

Following his statement in court, both his lawyers and the prosecution huddled with the judge, the Colorado Independent reported.

Mr. Dear objected to his lawyer Daniel King’s attempts to seal documents and limit publicity in the case, The Associated Press reported. He repeatedly interrupted Mr. King and the judge as they discussed a possible gag order on the proceedings.

“You’ll never know what I saw in that clinic. Atrocities. The babies. That’s what they want to seal,” he said, according to AP, claiming the public defender’s office wants to hide the truth.

Mr. King, who also represented Aurora theater shooter James Holmes, questioned whether his client was competent to stand trial.

Mr. Dear, denied he was incompetent, saying, “I’m not going to agree to mental health evaluations so they can’t put me on psychotropic drugs so I can’t talk like the Batman guy,” according to the Denver Post.

Prosecutors announced 178 charges against Mr. Dear, including eight first-degree murder charges and 131 attempted first-degree murder charges, the Post reports. 

 

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